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Dame Ethel Smyth, composer, author, and feminist, was born on 23 April 1858 in Sidcup, England. She was educated at the Leipzig Conservatorium. As well as several operas and other musical pieces, she composed suffragette music, including The March of the Women.
She was the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Oxford University. She wrote several autobiographical works, beginning with Impressions That Remained (1919) and ending with What Happened Next (1940). She died in Woking, Surrey on 9 May 1944.